2008-08-22 / Community

The 'Lawn Litter Law' Has Taken Effect

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer would like to remind property owners that legislation she sponsored, the "Lawn Litter Law," has taken effect.

The new statute allows property owners to post a sign in a visible area of their property prohibiting the placement of unsolicited advertising material on their property. The new law took effect August 2.

The property owner's sign must be at least five inches tall and seven inches wide, and state in legible letters at least one inch in size, "Do Not Place Unsolicited Advertising Materials On This Property." In multiple dwellings, signs can be put up indicating how many units want to receive unsolicited ads, and the location they must be placed. Signs are to be placed in visible areas such as on lawns or on front doors.

If property owners receive unwanted advertisements, they can fill out a citizen complaint form against the unsolicited advertisements placed on their property, enclose those advertisements with their complaint form, and mail the package to: Director of Enforcement, NYC Department of Sanitation, c/o Unsolicited Advertisement Enforcement, 1824 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214. Advertisers found to be in violation of the "Lawn Litter Law" will be subjected to a $250 fine.

Property owners can obtain complaint forms by calling 311, or visiting the department's website at www. nyc.gov/sanitation. The forms and signs can also be obtained at either of Assemblywoman Pheffer's offices at 90-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 718-945-9550 or 108-14 Crossbay Boulevard, 718-641-8755. Individuals who send in the complaint form may be called before the Environmental Control Board to testify about the ads.

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